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Arhaven House Concerts is hosted by Joe and Bev Angel.  We are located just east of Austin, Texas, about halfway between Austin Bergstrom Airport and Bastrop.  House concerts are on Sunday afternoons.  Contact us for more information using the form at the bottom of the page.

Andrew McKnight

March 8, 2015

At the home of Joe and Bev Angel
Doors open: 2:30 PM, Concert begins: 3:00PM

A former environmental engineer, singer/songwriter and guitarist Andrew McKnight's five CDs and captivating performances showcase his engaging collection of songs and stories celebrating the lives and landscapes of rural American people with warmth and humor.  Andrew's solo performances are like one man theatre; the songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, and the musical sound scape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flat picking.  His "music for thinking folk" blends his well-crafted stories and often elegant melodies into an engaging performance.  Andrew's songs often encompass his passion for community and causes.  In recent years he has performed at the Rocky Mountain, South Florida, Boston and Delmarva Folk Festival lineups, been a guest on NPR's Art of the Song and River City Folk show.

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"With a voice reminiscent of Don McLean, McKnight traverses from old-time Appalachian tunes to contemporary folk and blues, all backed up by his dead-on guitar playing" - The Boston Globe

"The skillful songwriter's interest in history is revealed in songs such as the Civil War ballad "The Road to Appomattox" and the soldier's elegy "Wind Whispers Your Name."...he avoids stridency by crafting vignettes told from the point of view of those in pain and keeps dourness at bay ...." - The Washington Post

"Inventiveness and imagination are always at work in Andrew’s story songs. So is his passion for nature, his knowledge of history and that impish, energetic wit. One of the finest modern folk guitarists around..." - Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse, Dallas TX

"this brilliant guitar player brought those (Blue Ridge) mountains with him...Relating story after story and song after song, often combining his interest in geography, history and a keen eye for the human spirit, Andrew presented a night overflowing with fantastic original material which could only be rated with Blue Ribbons, 5-Stars and a couple of thumbs up." - Tidewater Friends of Folk Music, Norfolk VA

"Those who attended were charmed by his ability to mix history, traditional themes, and environmental concerns in an evocative, rootsy musical blend." - Charlotte Folk Society

"As a singer and songwriter, McKnight is a marvel, capturing the essence - the very heart and soul of the past and present in his insightful observations about places and the people who live there. An environmental engineer and avid historian of rural life, he brings a deep truth to his words and music that resonates with an irresistible charm as he shares his thoughts for us to ponder with him. His voice itself is one that you can literally listen to for hours, savoring its mellow sound like a fine mountain wine." - The Times-Standard, Arcata CA

"blends wry and romantic stories with keen tuneful observations in a delicious mix of folk, blues and bluegrass... a man not to be missed!"- The National Theatre, Washington DC

"Andrew McKnight is a bundle of energy. He revels in Appalachian history and sings songs encouraging preservation of this great nation of ours. He's one of the good ones."- Athens News, Athens OH

Arhaven House Concerts is a handicap accessible, smoke free, alcohol free, dog and cat free house concert series located just off Highway 71 half-way between Austin and Bastrop. Well-behaved youngsters ages 13 and over are welcome.  Coffee and lemonade will be provided as well as a snack during the break between sets.  Attendance is by invitation only and RSVPs are required and are on a first come, first served basis.   A suggested donation of $15/person is requested in advance to hold your reservation.  Suggested donation at the door is $20/person If you need to cancel, give us at least a 48-hour notice and we will refund your money.  100% of the proceeds go to the performer. The street address of Arhaven House will be sent to those with confirmed reservations.
A song circle will be held after the concert. All musicians are invited to bring their instruments and join in the song circle and everyone else is invited to stay and watch. We will provide a light dinner at no charge to all who choose to stay for the song circle. You may bring beer and wine to enjoy during the song circle.


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